Jun 3, 2010

A Midsummer Giveaway

The cowslips tall her pensioners be:
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dewdrops here
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
A Midsummer Night's Dream

How is it June? I'm sure it was only April yesterday....

Midsummer is soon to be upon us - but we've had so much rain and darkness this Spring, that it seems unfair that the peak of the Sun's light is in a mere 18 days. Still, there is a Summer ahead of us...somewhere...and in the meantime there is no harm in some revelry around the bonfire!

About.com always has some great information if you are wondering about the history of the Solstice.

And some interesting lore, such as:

It is believed in parts of England that if you stay up all night on Midsummer's Eve, sitting in the middle of a stone circle, you will see the Fae. But be careful - carry a bit of Rue (of course) in your pocket to keep them from harassing you, or turn your jacket inside out to confuse them.

Or - you can just just do a bit of divination with The Faeries Oracle if you want to see the Fae. This unique deck was crafted by Brian Froud who was a conceptual artist for the movies Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.

But beware - not all the Fae in this deck are light and airy!

I am going to give away one of these gorgeous kits as a Midsummer gift for a lucky someone. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I will draw the name of the winner on the New Moon - Saturday the 12th of June.

Good luck!


43 comments:

PhoenixWitch said...

First Comment?? YAY!! That deck is beautiful. I am a teacher and have some serious job stress for the next few days about where I will be teaching next year. Can't wait til that is over so I can relax and just be happy that it is JUNE!!

Leathra said...

Oh! THAT Deck! They are very honest, and brutally blunt...I do love it. Please enter me in your contest!

Suzie said...

What a beautiful deck! And how thoughtful and wonderful of you to want to give us a chance to have one of our own! That is a gift, in itself! Thank you!

jenn-na-na said...

Oh that's just lovely!! I have a 4 year old who is positively in love with faeries and we're currently building a secret faery garden ;)

I can hardly believe the Solstice is almost here either. :/

Linda in New Mexico said...

My grands and I are anxiously awaiting Litha. It is the best to sit up and wait and watch and whisper. The 10 year old is learning tarot this summer so please enter me in your more than generous giveaway. We would love to win this lovely deck. Thanks, BB, The Olde Bagg

Stella Seaspirit said...

May the beauty that surrounds you,
Be the beauty from within,
Filtering light through the shadows,
Dancing fairies on a limb.

by S.K.Lindeman

wardhouse said...

Oh Rue - count me in!! We have a fae mound in the back yard (it was there when we moved in) and I periodically leave a gift of milk and honey.

Thank you for the generous giveaway!

TMCPhoto said...

If I wasn't so exhausted right now the idea of staying up all night in a stone circle would be right up my alley. What a fantastic give away, please enter me in.

Wendy said...

I love Froud's art and have seen this deck a long time ago and I used to use the tarot and it's about time to start up again. Being in tune with the fae is always a good idea. And congrats to whomever wins this magickal giveaway. Thank you Rue for offering this.

Crystalrainbow said...

Great post and info :) i already have this deck of cards so dont include me in your give away but just to say they are amazing cards delightful and cute (well some of them lol) great give away congrats to the lucky winner x x x

Jeanne said...

How lovely! And I totally agree! How has it come to be June already? Time is flying by.....

Jen said...

I love this deck! Magical doesn't even begin to describe it.

faerwillow said...

~how sweet you are to give away such a beautiful deck...i fell in l♥ve with froud years ago...delicate intricate drawings...june has come oh so fast for us as well...i was just saying the other day, crazy that christmas~yule is six months away...may june being only a bounty of blessings for you...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

Domestic Witch said...

ooooh me please!

Kathy said...

What a beautiful deck. I'm in the process of creating a fairy garden in my back yard but the vegetable garden has taken priority for now. I hope to visit with them on Litha though.

Ellie said...

count me in too please.

Mother's Moon's Message said...

what a beautiful deck... I love Froud's art. I have a children's book explaining the runes where he done the art work... you are always such a sweetie...may the fae be with you...

Bogaman said...

I wasn't aware of the meaning of solstice. And so, 'the sun stands still'. That makes the winter and summer solstice clearer to me in a physical sense. As it pauses before going a different direction. X.

ONe PiNK FiSH said...

Sign me up sister. I think a little tarot on the Solstice would simply be the perfect way to celebrate.

Gwenevier said...

What a wonderful gift you are giving away. Please enter me :-)

Cora said...

There's an award for you at

http://tpoaic.blogspot.com/2010/06/celebrating-versatility.html

celebrating versatility.

Cora

D.Suplicki said...

I've always wanted the Fairy Oracle deck. I love Brian Froud's artwork. Thanks for hosting this Rue, I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Little Messy Missy said...

Count me in please!!!

Nydia said...

Okay, I can't be so greedy, so I just wanted to sy this is a lovely deck, don't consider my comment as an entry! Here in Brazil June 12th is Valentine's Day, a sweet day to win something! :o)

Kisses and love from us!

Kathy said...

Oh, and by the way, I have an award for you on my blog. It's the Jhem Terriac blog and not the knitting one. I'm a new reader but have really enjoyed your blog.

Earth Healing said...

This deck looks amazing! Blessed be!

Tara said...

OMG, just precious
i love your blog and was just checking in to see whats new.
you are an inspiration, i may have to start my own blog.
love an d light darlin

Gillian said...

Can I be included I love those cards. Love your blog by the way!!

Dede said...

We have had so much rain here and it is suppose to rain clear into next week. The yard is looking like a jungle out there. So looking forward to drying out. I can't believe that we are into June already! Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

(((HUGS)))

Missie said...

Count me in on the give-away. I would love to own this deck. I might stay up on midsummer's night...

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

I would love to be in your drawing. What a beautiful deck! Thanks for the chance.

Hope your weekend is going well, we're getting our first HIGH heat here today. :( I'm drooping already..

Hugs & cool breezes, Jules

Annie's Hearth said...

Yule is coming for me being downunder.
Haven't seen that deck will go google it
Bright blessings Annie

TMC said...

what a treat!

Wendy the (Very) Good Witch said...

Hey Rue...well I was feeling a bit blah this evening and was in need a little magic to lift my spirits so I came here and I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed the Midsummer's post. I bought that old Midsummer's Night Dream movie with Michelle Pfeiffer in it and I've been dying to sit down and watch it. Now you've given me a reason. Thank you! :o)

And since I'm here, I may as well throw my name in the hat. I love Brian Froud's artwork. Have a great week ahead. ~ Wendy

Aelwyn said...

Well I just HAVE to sign up for this! I adore this deck!!!

Happy Midsummer (a bit early, but I'll have just gotten out of surgery on the date and will likely forget)!!!!!!!

innocence and magic said...

Please enter me into your giveaway. I love your blog! Be Blessed!
`Amy

Corrin said...

oh and now you've gone and put up something that caught my eye ! i love BRIAN FROUND !!!!!
*all his books now strewn in front of me*

i'd dig this *fosho*

Birgit said...

Somehow, I was drawn to your blog today. Well, maybe the chance to win something as beautiful as this deck was the reason. :)

Funnily enough I thought of midsummer this evening -- and now you blog about midsummer being so near. Great minds think alike, huh?

Hugs,
Birgit

Andrew said...

Great Blog! Great Prize! Thank you for the opportunity, and Happy Litha! Building my stone circle now...

girlichef said...

Oh, these are gorgeous!! Thanks for the chance to win a deck =)

the wild magnolia said...

Somehow in my haze of life I missed this!

I would love the chance to win this Faeries Oracle.

Thanks....good luck to everyone!

Sonya said...

Lovely! I am learning Tarot and I just finished my elemental stone circle garden in time for Litha. Please enter me in the contest. Thank you, and best wishes to everyone!

Not Hannah said...

Oof...those are GORGEOUS. I luff Brian Froud--I have his Runes of the Fairies and am obsessed with "Labyrinth." Here's hoping...